In this article, we have covered the following:
- Understanding Chemotherapy
- Factors that determine cost of chemotherapy
- Cost of chemotherapy for Lung Cancer, Breast Cancer, Pancreatic, Gall Bladder, Liver Cancer, Head & Neck cancer, Ovarian cancer, Cervix cancer, Oesophagus cancer, Stomach Cancer & Colon Cancer
- Side effects of chemotherapy
- Best hospitals for chemotherapy (cancer treatment)
- How to proceed- How we help!
Chemotherapy is actually the different doses of various drugs given to cancer patients via pills, injections, or IV solutions to kill fast growing cancer cells and at the same time slowdown their growth in the body.
Chemotherapy can be given both before and after the cancer surgery depending upon individual’s medical case.
The drugs, doses, and duration of chemotherapy depend upon type of cancer, stage of cancer, and the patient’s response to the therapy.
What are the side effects of chemotherapy Treatment?
Chemotherapy drugs cause both short-term and long-term side effects. The side effects vary with each patient as they depend upon:
- Type of drugs and doses used based on type and stage of cancer
- Your body type and age
- Health condition before undergoing chemo
- Other medical conditions
Cost of Chemotherapy
Every case of cancer is different, and so is its treatment. Nevertheless, it is still possible to make a general classification of cancers based on the organs impacted & the stages. In the following section, we have given a very general estimate of cost of chemotherapy for various types & stages of cancer. Please note, this is only for a first level reference. To get the actual cost of treatment, please fill the contact form & share your medical reports.
Chemo cost in Lung Cancer
400-600 $ per cycle. 5-6 cycles + radiotherapy
Chemo cost in Breast Cancer
Stage I/II non metastatic disease-Surgery(Mastectomy/MRM) is the best treatment
In III/IV metastatic disease chemotherapy -500-800 $ per cycle, minimum of three cycles, maximum of 6-8 cycles given. If targeted therapy is used, then chemo cost would be around 1200-1500 per cycle.
+ (followed by)
Surgery if lesion is operable
+ chemotherapy/radiotherapy(with weekly chemotherapy 200-400 US$ per week)
Chemo in Pancreatic, Gall bladder, Liver Cancer
400-500 US$ per cycle; 3-6 cycles
Chemo in Head & Neck Cancers
Stage I/II Non-Metastatic Disease: Surgery
Stage III/IV Metastatic Disease 400-600 US$ per cycle, 3-6cycles (neoadjuvant chemotherapy) +
Surgery/Radiotherapy with weekly chemotherapy (200-400 USD weekly)
Chemo in Ovarian Cancer
STAGE I/II NON METASTATIC-SURGERY BEST OPTION
STAGE III/IV METASTATIC DISEASE -400-700 US$ PER CYCLE 3-6 CYCLES IN TOTAL
Chemo in Cervix Cancer
SURGERY IS FIRST LINE OF TREATMENT IN STAGE 1 & STAGE 2.
IN STAGE 3 OR STAGE 4 WEEKLY CHEMOTHERAPY(200-400 US$ per cycle 6-8 cycles) ALONG WITH RADIOTHERAPY IS GIVEN
Chemo in Oesophagus Cancer
STAGE I/II NON METASTATIC DISEASE-BEST OPTION
STAGE III/IV METASTATIC DISEASE-800-1200 $ PER CYCLE TOTAL 6 CYCLES(NEOADJUVANT CHEMOTHERAPY) +
SURGERY/ RADIOTHERAPY WITH WEEKLY CHEMOTHERAPY(200-400US$ WEEKLY)
Chemo in Stomach Cancer
800-1000 $ PER CYCLE .MINIMUM OF 3 CYCLES.MAXIMUM OF 6 CYCLES + SURGERY
Chemo in Large Intestine (Colon) Cancer
IN CASE OF 1ST OR 2ND STAGE SURGERY + WEEKLY CHEMOTHERAPY IS GIVEN ALONG WITH RADIOTHERAPY
STAGE III/IVGENERALLY 1000-1200 $ PER CYCLE.TOTAL OF 6 CYCLES, IF TARGETED THERAPY USED THEN CHEMOTHERAPY COST WILL BE APPROXIMATE 1200-1500 PER CYCLE
RADIOTHERAPY WITH WEEKLY CHEMOTHERAPY(200-400US$ WEEKLY)
Common side effects of chemotherapy
- Fatigue and body pain
- Sleep disorder
- Loss of hair
- Mouth and throat sores
- Nausea and vomiting
- Blood disorders affecting your RBC, WBC, platelet counts
- Effect on nervous system may result in numbness, weakness in muscles etc.
- Cognitive changes or chemo brain (memory lapses, loss of focus, trouble in multi-tasking etc.)
- May affect fertility in cancer patients
- Cause harm fetus, if pregnant
- Reduced appetite which results in weight loss that leads to overall weakness
Can my chemo side effects be treated?
Fortunately, all the chemo side effects can now be treated, managed, and controlled. Most of the above side effects go away after the cancer treatment is completed while others can be treated and managed.
Your healthcare team takes complete care of side effects of chemotherapy throughout the treatment procedure. You should inform your oncologist, any change you experience in your body after chemo. There are drugs, diet, and lifestyle management techniques, which you would be recommended to follow to reduce the symptoms and control side effects.
Best Hospitals in India for Chemotherapy (cancer treatment)
|Hospital||City||Hospital Page link|
|Medanta – The Medicity, Gurgaon||Gurgaon, India||Visit hospital page, contact
|Fortis Memorial Research Institute, Gurgaon||Gurgaon, India||Visit hospital page, contact
|Apollo Hospital, Chennai||Chennai, India||Visit hospital page, contact|
|Kokilaben Hospital, Mumbai||Mumbai, India||Visit hospital page, contact
|Artemis Hospital, Gurgaon||Gurgaon, India||Visit hospital page, contact
|Global Hospital Chennai||Chennai, India||Visit hospital page, contact|
|Max Super Specialty Hospital, New Delhi||New Delhi, India||Visit hospital page, contact|
|BLK Super Specialty Hospital, New Delhi||New Delhi, India||Visit hospital page, contact
|Fortis Escorts Heart Institute & Research Centre||New Delhi, India||Visit hospital page, contact|
|Fortis Flt. Lt. Rajan Dhall Hospital, New Delhi||New Delhi, India||Visit hospital page, contact|
|Fortis Hiranandani Hospital, Vashi, Mumbai||Mumbai, India||Visit hospital page, contact|
|Jaypee Hospital, Noida||Noida, India||Visit hospital page, contact|
|Indraprastha Apollo Hospital, New Delhi||New Delhi, India||Visit hospital page, contact|
|Fortis Hospital, Bangalore||Bangalore, India||Visit hospital page, contact|
|Fortis Hospital, Mulund, Mumbai||Mumbai, India||Visit hospital page, contact
|Max Hospital, Gurgaon||Gurgaon, India||Visit hospital page, contact|
|Fortis Malar Hospital, Chennai||Mumbai, India||Visit hospital page, contact|
|Global Hospital, Mumbai||Mumbai, India||Visit hospital page, contact|
|MaxCure Hospital, Hyderabad||Hyderabad, India||Visit hospital page, contact|
|Mazumdar Shaw Cancer Centre (MSCC), Bangalore||Bangalore, India||Visit hospital page, contact
|Narayana Institute of Cardiac Sciences, Bangalore||Bangalore, India||Visit hospital page, contact|
|Paras Hospital||Gurgaon, India||Visit hospital page, contact|
|S. L. Raheja Hospital, Mumbai||Mumbai, India||Visit hospital page, contact|
|SIMS Hospital, Chennai||Chennai, India||Visit hospital page, contact
|Sri Ramakrishna Hospital, Coimbatore||Coimbatore, India||Visit hospital page, contact
|Wockhardt Hospitals, Mumbai||Mumbai, India||Visit hospital page, contact
Note (for foreign patients):
Besides South Asian countries (Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka), every year, India gets thousands of medical tourists from African countries- Nigeria, Kenya, Ethiopia, Sudan, Uganda, Ghana, Somalia,Gambia etc and Middle Eastern countries like Iraq, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Oman, UAE, Yemen etc. Hence, if you are a citizen of any of these countries, there is good likelihood that you will be meeting some fellow citizens or same language speakers in the major hospitals in India. Almost all the top hospitals have translators for people of these region. Our patient support team is also well placed to assist you.